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For its latter two seasons, Spartacus boasted actor Liam McIntyre as its vengeance-seeking gladiator, and fans still lament the fact that the show isn't still putting out some of TV's most visceral fight scenes. Thankfully, McIntyre is in line to finally return to primetime TV on a regular basis, as he has been tapped as a regular in the horror drama The Haunted, which is currently in the pilot stage at Syfy. I don't predict his character's torso will be on display as much for this.
Set in Savannah, Georgia, The Haunted will follow four adult siblings who are forced to come together again after their parents are killed, despite the obstacles they've put each other through, in order to face down not just the metaphorical ghosts of their past, but also actual manifestations. Liam McIntyre enters the story as a Savannah Police Department detective named Reece Mason, who puts his dedication and gruffness to work through investigating the parents' murders with the help of his partner Jordan Terry, played Secret Life of the American Teenager vet DeVaughn Nixon. The siblings will be played by Jessica Jones' Elizabeth Cappuccino, Vampire Diaries' David Alpay, Shameless' Steve Kazee and Nikita's Lyndsy Fonseca.
As the detective, Liam McIntyre will put forth a persona that implies he's as much of a charming gent as everyone else in the South, but this is no ordinary case for Reece Mason. He has a connection to the murders that will spur bad memories from his own past, and he won't let anyone stand in the way of what he wants. McIntyre knows a thing or two about being intimidating and authoritative, so he should have little problems with The Haunted if it moves forward.
The Haunted was created by Noga Landau, who has written episodes of Syfy's The Magicians, as well as the upcoming Maika Monroe thriller Tau. Syfy, which caused a frenzy with Spartacus fans with its edited re-airings, first picked up The Haunted as a pilot back in September of last year alongside a TV adaptation of Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson's comic book series Happy! and a series based on the low-budget 2014 sci-fi thriller The Machine from filmmaker Caradog W. James. While not much has happened with the latter, Happy! landed Chris Meloni as its star, and the actor recently tweeted that pre-production had begun.
Since Spartacus came to an end in 2013, Liam McIntyre has been pretty active in his homeland of Australia, but will probably be most familiar to U.S. audiences for his work on the first two seasons of The Flash as Mark "Weather Wizard" Mardon, and for his role in The Legend of Hercules. More recently, he showed up in Alan Tudyk's Comic-Con HQ comedy Con Man as "Girth Hemsworth," which was pretty hilarious.
Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for more on The Haunted's progress as it's released. And head to our midseason premiere schedule to see what else the small screen will be bringing in the coming months.